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Philadelphia Estate Planning Attorneys

Understanding Philadelphia Estate Planning

Regardless of age, marital status, or personal circumstances, everyone should consider estate planning. This process, facilitated by a skilled Philadelphia estate planning attorney, ensures your assets are distributed as per your wishes upon your demise. Moreover, it involves creating advance directives, which safeguard your healthcare decisions if you become incapacitated. With extensive experience, the team at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim is well-equipped to handle all your estate planning needs.

Key Aspects of Philadelphia Estate Planning

Our firm can assist with various estate planning elements, including:

  1. Drafting and executing a will
  2. Establishing a trust
  3. Creating advance directives
  4. Amending a will
  5. Managing beneficiary designations

The Importance of Drafting a Will

Drafting a will is a crucial aspect of estate planning. Pennsylvania law necessitates the testator to be at least 18 years old and of sound mind to draft a will. The document must be written and signed by the testator. If the testator cannot physically sign but remains mentally competent, alternative validation methods are available. Wills enable you to dictate how your assets are distributed post-death. If you die intestate (without a will), your assets are distributed following Pennsylvania's intestacy laws. Your attorney can also assist with beneficiary designations or establishing a trust.

Establishing Trusts

Pennsylvania recognizes various types of trusts, each with specific requirements. Trusts enable asset distribution bypassing probate and can provide for your loved ones post-death. Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable, depending on your specific needs.

Creating Advance Directives

Advance directives, another crucial facet of estate planning, enable you to appoint a healthcare decision-maker and articulate specific medical preferences in case you become incapable of communicating them.

Engage With Our Philadelphia Estate Planning Lawyers

Estate planning, although complex, is vital for everyone. Be it drafting a will, creating a trust, establishing advance directives, or any other estate planning aspect, our proficient attorneys can assist. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we're committed to serving clients across Philadelphia, handling diverse estate planning issues. Call us today at 215-918-4620.

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Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of SuccessWe have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too BigOur firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized RepresentationWe understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client.
  • Uncompromising PassionOur competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic ApproachNot only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the CommunityOur team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.

Talk to Our Experienced Team

Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.

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